Ancient Dreams

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Ancient Dreams
Studio album by Candlemass
Released November 22, 1988
Recorded August 1988
Studio Nacka Recording House
Genre Epic doom metal
Length 58:31
Label Active (UK)
Enigma/Metal Blade (US)
Producer Candlemass
Candlemass chronology
Ancient Dreams
Tales of Creation
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 9/10[2]

Ancient Dreams is the third album of Swedish doom metal band Candlemass and was released in 1988, and reissued in 2001 by Powerline Records with bonus CD. The cover art of the album is a painting made by Thomas Cole, second in his series, "The Voyage of Life", entitled "Youth". Ancient Dreams was the first Candlemass album to chart in the US, debuting at No. 174 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[3]

"Epistle 81" (Märk hur vår skugga), was written by Swedish poet/musician Carl Michael Bellman (1740 - 1795). "Incarnation of Evil" is actually a reworked version of the old Nemesis track "Black Messiah."

The band is not happy with the album mix, and they place the blame on their (then) record label rush-producing the LP to coincide with a US tour.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Leif Edling except were noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Mirror Mirror" 6:15
2. "A Cry from the Crypt" 7:24
3. "Darkness in Paradise" 6:46
4. "Incarnation of Evil" 7:19
5. "Bearer of Pain" 7:23
6. "Ancient Dreams" 7:04
7. "The Bells of Acheron" 5:21
8. "Epistle No. 81" (Carl Michael Bellman, arr. Edling) 4:37
9. "Black Sabbath Medley" (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward) 6:14


  • Rex Gisslén - mixing at Montezuma Studios, Stockholm
  • Peter Dahl - mastering at Polar Studios, Stockholm
  • Wendy Kramer - artwork, graphics
  • Micke Lind - remastering
  • Micke Mårtensson - artwork, layout
  • Ulf Magnusson - photography



Year Chart Position
1989 Billboard 200 174[3]


  1. ^ Rivaldavia, Eduardo. Ancient Dreams at AllMusic
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  3. ^ a b "Candlemass Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-10.